Small Area Labour Markets: June quarter 2023 data now available

This story was first published on Tuesday 10 October 2023.

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The June quarter 2023 Small Area Labour Markets (SALM) estimates are now available. SALM presents estimates of unemployment and the unemployment rate at the Statistical Area Level 2 (SA2) and Local Government Area (LGA) levels.

The latest results show there has been a significant increase in the number of SA2s with an unemployment rate of less than 5% over the past year (up from 1,538 to 1,759). The number of SA2s with an unemployment rate of 10% or higher has fallen considerably (down from 104 to 73). These results reflect the strong recovery in labour market conditions that occurred following the end of the 2021 COVID-19 related lockdowns.

The data also show that almost 8 in 10 SA2s (or 78.0%) recorded a decrease in their unemployment rate over the year to the June quarter 2023. SA2s located in capital cities were more likely to record a fall in their unemployment rate over the year than those in rest of state areas (79.6% compared with 75.8%).

Jobs and Skills Australia recommends that SALM users review the ‘smoothed’ SALM data, which are created by applying a four-quarter average to ‘unsmoothed’ SALM data. While the smoothed data will lag actual changes in labour market conditions, they also reduce the high level of statistical variability inherent in small area estimates, which may have been exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic.